The Secrets to Increasing Productivity by 1.5x

The past few weeks have been my most productive ones so far this year by a mile. With the middle of the year fully past us now and the historic July 4th on the way gearing us up to celebrate the American Dream, I thought it would be beneficial to share the secrets that have increased my productivity by 1.5x. Drawing inspiration from known visionaries and everyday people around me, I have been able to find new energy to reinvigorate my productivity. This post will have a lot of references to Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and other great visionaries so readers beware!

To start of, here is a snippet of an e-mail Elon sent to his employees at Tesla back in year 2018 with some tips on improving productivity during the mass production of the model 3 Tesla vehicles –

After reading Elon’s long e-mail, you might be a little surprised with how direct he was with his words but that leads to my first secret: Be clear about your goals. This might seem obvious when planning out daily activities but things come up, either important or non-important, that derails an everyday person from achieving what they set out to get done in a day. Being extremely clear with simple, direct goals makes it extremely easy to absorb and fully process what needs to get done minimizing the complexities along the way.
The second secret is hard-work. This is easier said than done but one of my favorite quotes by Elon Musk is “Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80- to 100 hour weeks every week. This improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40-hour work weeks and you are putting in 100-hour work weeks, then even if you are doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.” Now, this quote is simply just life, since the absolute chance of being lucky or being more efficient only increases with more trials.
The third secret is Failure. Yes, that is right, failure. A quote by Elon Musk states “Failure is an option. If things are not failing, then you are not innovating enough.” For those that are entrepreneurs or problem-solvers, this is a really key lesson because it is through failure that one typically finds the solution. Unless you have exhausted most logical options then you are unable to narrow it down to the expected value. For those statistics nerds out there, we call it regression to the mean. There will always be some distribution around the expected value but hope your residuals are not too far off! With proper logic, there is typically a true or approximate solution to every problem.

The fourth secret that increases productivity 1.5x is evolution. This involves being more efficient and taking on more challenges which can be extremely fun and rewarding! The avenue could be increasing your knowledge on a specific topic, taking up a fun side hustle, or going all in and trying to solve some of the world’s problems. Jeff Bezos started Amazon by simply, selling books online, but these days it peddles everything from pickled carrots to two-carat diamond rings in a convenient and efficient fashion.
Finally, the last secret is have fun while doing it. This is critical as chasing your passion and dreams will definitely lead to fun experiences throughout the process. It will serve as an avenue to grow tremendously, leaps and bounds past initial expectations, and the reward will typically follow.


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